With a gritty, soulful voice and unique authenticity in his stories, Mike McKenna Jr is a singer-songwriter from Nova Scotia, Canada who has captivated listeners in his native Maritimes and around the North American folk community.
Mike draws inspiration for his music from his early life growing up in Cape Breton, a region known as much for its rugged landscape as for its rich cultural legacy that includes 500-years of colonial history and the accumulated oral traditions of Celtic, Mi'kmaq, and Acadian storytelling.
His raspy, warm vocal style is reminiscent of a folky, Sweet Baby James era James Taylor, or the humble power of Ray Lamontagne, but his tales of tragic sea voyages and lost lovers are a contemporary throwback to the nautical-themed traditional songs of his home province, and a revival of this niche traditional genre made popular by Canadians like Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot.
FACTOR Canada and the Canada Council of the Arts and the Government of Canada have funded Mike's newest release Pacific Northwest Bound, a full length album offering listeners a chance to hear dark and dusted-off Maritime stories and sea shanties from a contemporary, millennial perspective. Working with 2x Felix award-winning producer and CFMA nominated Simon Marion, he recorded this concept album in a small cabin studio north of Montreal, in the village of St-Come; a hub of traditional Quebecois music. Pacific Northwest Bound is now available on all platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.